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  2. Fifty150

    OEM tires and wheelspin

    A softer tire with better traction, will yield less in tire life. You'll spend more, to replace them more often. It's all worth it if you are gaining better traction. You will be safer. With a little tap of the throttle, the tires spin to gain traction. Imagine when the tires are already spinning, at a mile a minute, and you apply the brakes. Will your tires have to necessary traction for you to stop on a dime from 60 mph? Now change the road conditions from dry, to wet. Driving conditions vary, along with driving style. For my use, the stock tires are performing at a satisfactory level.
  3. OLDSCHOOLFOOL

    OEM tires and wheelspin

    I had wheelspin when I first got the van. Changed out the original Continentals for a wider footprint and haven't had any issues since, wet or dry.
  4. WillMartin

    Ford Transit Connect meets Focus RS

    Dayum! That would be fun. I have thought stuffing a big V8 in the cargo area to turn one into a Q-ship would be a lot of fun. Expensive and useless as a van, but it would surprise just about everyone who argued with it. One of those from Ford would not be as stupid fast, but it would still be usable as a van. Which means it could be rationalized. That's the key to getting it into the garage. Nope, not a hot-rod, just a van...
  5. WillMartin

    OEM tires and wheelspin

    And what sizes are available. The stock wheels are going to go when the tires that are on my van go. They spun up again today, and it was mostly dry. They are absolutely awful tires. I'm guessing that the Firestones that are on my van are a step down from the original Contis, if that's what Ford put on TCs in 2009 when mine was built.
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  7. Same procedure with every car. Look under the car to see where the OEM wires go into the cab. Usually, there's already a big rubber grommet which you can easily slide another wire through alongside. Worse comes to worse, zip tie your wire run alongside the OEM wire run, drill a hole next to the OEM hole, and use a grommet. What are you trying to do? If you need extra power in the cab, you should be able to simply add a fuse at the fuse box, instead of running a new circuit from the battery.
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  9. Passenger wagon & cargo van have the same exact suspension. They did not retune the suspension for passenger wagon comfort. The rear suspension is just a coil spring with a shock absorber alongside. This is designed for cargo weight in the rear to balance against the engine & transmission in the front of the car. Not engineered for comfort. The best seat is 1st row driver & passenger, since it is midpoint between the front & rear wheels. From there on back, it's bouncy time. The 3rd row sits right above the rear wheels. It's a better ride than my truck. But far from luxury car comfort. Kids don't seem to mind. My friends don't complain, since the seats are wider, and there's more headroom & legroom, than any of their more expensive crossovers. As one of my buddies pointed out, it's no more or less comfortable than those shuttle vans that you take from the airport.......i.e. Ford E150 or Transit E150. Same rubber floor, same cloth seats, same big windows, same bumpy ride, same amount ambient noise. I just make sure that there's a basket of fruit, warm muffins, morning papers, and fresh squeezed juice when I go to pick them up. Less cost. That is true with everything on every car. Whatever you do yourself, will save what you will have to pay someone else. There is a gas station near me with a service bay. If I supply the oil & filter, he will do it for $15. A dollar a minute. A couple of neighborhood guys go there, since they don't want to hassle with doing an oil change in the street - like me. It's just an oil change. The guy is competent enough that he uses hand tools instead of air tools, won't overtorque, cross-thread, or strip your drain bolt, and he won't over-tighten the oil filter. It's not the oil change. That's easy. It's the fact that he has a lift. And you don't have to deal with rebottling the used oil and disposal of the used oil and filter. He told me once that for the same $15, he'll put the car on the lift, and he'll let me turn the wrench myself while he drinks a cup of coffee. He's seen me doing my own service work out on the street. Corner mechanic next to my ex girlfriend used to work on her car for free, because I helped him out here and there......just things like when you need an extra hand to hold onto something, someone to pump the brake pedal, unlock the shop on a Saturday to allow customers to drop off cars so that he can spend the morning with his kids at little league, or tell his wife that he was with me at the bar when he was really out with his girlfriend.
  10. Fifty150

    Ford Transit Connect meets Focus RS

    They're not going to have much in the way of curbside appeal, unless you're really into vans.
  11. There are images of a generation II model with racing stripes also , think it's called the Connect Sport , comes with the GT 350 R engine, welded interior safety cage & huge 28" X 10" -15 Goodyear drag slicks . Think i may pick one of those up , clocked quarter mile times in the mid 8 second range .
  12. Somethings definitely wrong and i'm shocked that it's so difficult to figure out and fix , there shouldn't be constant rattles in the door area . The dealers you went to sound completely incompetent . When you mention "Break in" at what point do you consider a new vehicle broken in ? Only certain car ramps work from what i hear , some tear up the front plastic area , i'm still hoping Beta Don reveals how he gets under his van.
  13. Gen 1, 2010. Sorry should have said that!
  14. Hello im really struggling to find a way from the start battery to the cab. Can anyone give me a way of doing this? If I have to drill it’s a question of where? Any help would be really appreciated jo
  15. Well Don, I am 70+++ and I get where you're coming from. I'm long past the car ego trip era, and honestly, I don't care if I ever service my own vehicle again. The only reason I would have continued with my own oil changes is that I could get full-synth oil instead of the combo mix the dealer or an oil change shop gives me, for less cost, and would feel entirely comfortable going at least 10,000 miles between changes after the break-in. Not to mention I wouldn't have to waste two hours, and drive 30 miles at every change, like I do now. I don't have room to store car ramps. Maybe I could fabricate something much more compact and store-able out of wood, but I'm not certain how much height I would need to get under there and get to everything. Maybe my time-of-life also explains why I did some partial interior mods to clean up the rear and try to reduce the noise level, and then gave up. I just didn't have the time or incentive to see it through. I heartily agree it handles like a car. I've had nothing but compact and mid-sized Datsun and Nissan pickups going back to the early eighties, needing the occasional hauling capacity for my business. Well, not counting the VW Rabbit diesel PU I owned briefly - possibly the most under-powered vehicle ever conceived! So this puppy doesn't just handle like a car to me, it handles like a "sporty" car. Except for the road noise I really enjoy driving it. The dealers (I have only two within 100 miles) all gave up on the door adjustments, and so have I. I have fiddled with anything attached to the door systems that can possibly be moved or adjusted - to no avail. Even if I reduce it the rattles always return, especially the sliders unless I hit a really big bump - then the clam-shells join in! I could see how this wouldn't bother commercial users. Once they pack a bunch of racks and a few hundred parts and tools into the back, the rattles are moot. It could be that my brief ride in the wagon version seemed so hard because every seat was occupied, but I couldn't help but notice every bump. I guess that because it was a "passenger" version I was expecting something cushier.
  16. Hi guys, I bought a used Tc 2012, 160k kms on the clock last week. Everything was doing fine after a fix on the gas pedal that was done prior to the sale. Yesterday, as I start the car, I noticed my headlights weren't turning on. Front fog lights aren't responding either, but the rears work. Also, left side turn signals don't work and the airbag light stays on in the cluster. I could use some help :s Thanks
  17. I wonder if they got the idea here on the forums from the member that did something similar?
  18. DoubleOh7

    Low mileage 2014 TC Titanium

    It's a much smaller car herd now, but who knows what will happen if I ever get this garage built! I have a herd of guitars, so I can relate. I whittled that herd down by half as well, but there are a few I can't part with. I inherited both a bass and guitar from my father, but I sold the bass and the amp he bought with it (in 1970) because I'm not a bass player and I didn't have space - and it wasn't the instrument of his we all felt expressed "him" as we grew up. He was a guitar player who played bass. He took up bass much later in life. I like the blue on the van as well. Just don't like the name they gave it... High Impact Blue. 😨 I'm currently installing a trailer hitch on the van and got the hitch on in just a few minutes, but have to wait for the rain to stop now to do the wiring part. Also struggling with front seat stowage for small things like cell phones.
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  21. Alano

    Transit connect reverse gear problem

    Well I'm hoping that the cables or selector needs changing as I don't need the stress of taking the gearbox out 🙄 help. 🙈
  22. Fifty explained how he gets under the van to work on it , how do you get under there Don ? Do you have 4 separate jacks ?
  23. I have the XLT leather equipped passenger version and mine sure doesn't ride like a Soap Box Derby racer - It's a modified car platform and while it is stiff (which I love, coming from a Miata which is much stiffer) it handles more like a car than a van, which I also love I'm 70+ and had planned to have the dealer do all my service work when I bought it, but neither of the dealers near me proved to be worthy of doing anything to my van, so I've been doing it all myself - It's not THAT hard. I wish the trans was easier to service, but I've even managed to do my own fluid changes to it - Oil changes are no harder than any other car I've owned No rattles in my doors, but if I had one, I'm sure I could find it and fix it myself - I've had the doors of everything I've owned apart to upgrade speakers and this van is no harder to take apart than any of the others. Sounds to me as your dealers mechanics are just about as competent to fix things as the ones I've dealt with From my experience, passenger TC's are much quieter inside than cargo versions - I would be amazed if they weren't. It may not tip the scales as 'luxurious' but my wife likes traveling long distances in it (which is what we bought it for) and she sure wouldn't describe it as 'commercial breeding' - Ours is a van and not a truck No vehicle is perfect in every regard . . . . but with all the plusses you list, it seems this one serves you better than most for what you need - I would get to work on your list of minuses and do what's reasonably easy to fix most of those. Taking the splash pan off below the engine to do an oil change is a 2 or 3 minute job and then there's easy access to everything. If a feeble old man like me can do it, so can you! Don
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  25. It's a really bad design from the engineers. After a few years and temperature changes, everything gets corroded in there and you're stuck with a pain job just to get a license plate on. For the euro brake light, I found one on ebay with all the necessary parts. My question is: taking out the original one on top of the roof will leave holes, is there a simple way to cover them without risking water leaks ?
  26. Alano

    Transit connect reverse gear problem

    Hi the van has the new set up hydraulic clutch and gear stick selects gear via 2 cables I enclose some pictures. Hope these give you some sort of idea as not sure if selector needs replacing or cables etc.🙈
  27. mdarren

    Sound deadening solution for noisy vans

    No direct experience but from what I hear, Lizardskin is a great sound deadener.
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